Kym Weaver produced an excellent display of hot rod racing to win the London Championship as the Nationals returned to Wimbledon Stadium.
The night didn’t start well for Weaver as his Vauxhall Tigra failed to start for his practice run but with this problem fixed he was ready for the first heat.
The first heat provided a tough grid with Weaver starting in the second row behind former three-time world champion Colin White and Jason Kew.
This race produced a great battle between Weaver and Kew for first place, with a great display of side-by-side racing making the first heat all the more exciting.
Weaver took the lead at the last corner and then drove away to get the win.
The most important thing in the second heat is to finish and that is just what Weaver did. Starting from the back of the grid,
Weaver went about picking off his opponents round the outside. Just as it was looking like Weaver would grab second place, he came on to two spinning cars which gave Dick Burtenshaw the chance to move past him into second place. Lee Pepper, the winner of heat two, was docked points for contact resulting in Burtenshaw becoming the winner and Weaver the runner-up.
A win and a second place finish in the two heats gave Weaver pole position for the dramatic final.
Finding himself in third place after the first corner, Weaver had to take to the outside to get his lead back, and after going past the other racers Weaver pulled out in front. In the dramatic final stages of the race, Weaver lost second gear and had to carry on in third with Pepper closing in behind him.
Weaver held it together and fought off his challengers to win and become the 2013 London champion.